David Baker and Celia Luxmoore
After living abroad for much of their lives, David Baker and Celia Luxmoore, both originally from England, have made the Museum District their home for the last four and a half years. In that time, they have restored their classic 1910 brick town house to its original glory. Once hacked up into apartments, then the victim of an awkward renovation that left an oversized spa tub in what should have been the main hallway, 3127 Grove is now a welcoming single family home that is true to its original design.
Entry to the house is through a welcoming walled bluestone patio. The front parlor and dining room are surprisingly spacious and filled with unique art and mid-century furnishings, tastefully merging history with modern influences. A few strategic modifications, including the addition of a glass door in the dining room and relocation of another door, have created pleasing sight lines that preserve the formality of the front of the house and improve the flow. The updated kitchen provides views of a bluestone patio and beautifully landscaped garden.
Upstairs, sunlight floods the hall and home office, with art and books that reflect the homeowners’ history and interests. The master bedroom suite has a number of enviable features: a custom clothes closet, a laundry closet, a newly added master bath, and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors opening to a balcony overlooking the gardens.
Visitors will be intrigued by the homeowners’ eclectic art collection, which includes English painters such as Thomas Churchyard (1798-1865) and moderns Geoffrey Smith, Mark King, and Gilly Cauthorne, Virginians Greg Osterhaus and Faye Henderson, early Whistler prints, and Inuit carvings of musk ox, walrus, bears and other icons of indigenous Northern Canadian culture. Danish modern furnishings cohabit comfortably with family antiques, including two pieces made in Cammell Laird shipyard in Liverpool, England.